David Tilly from Geldards, is another of the business representatives on the One Nottingham Board.
He is a corporate lawyer (working with Geldards LLP whose offices are at The Arc at NG2) and a business adviser. He has lived with his family in Mapperley Park for 20 years, having chosen to move to Nottingham after training and working in the City of London.
David’s business and legal work involves advice and assistance to entrepreneurs, family owned companies and international corporations. Many of these have businesses in Nottingham and the East Midlands and he works closely with other professionals in the city. David recognises it is important for his own firm, and its clients that Nottingham is seen as a leading city and regional centre for professional services. That means it needs to be confident and capable, an attractive place to live and work, so it can retain talented graduates and attract the best people looking to relocate.
David believes it is essential to have positive partnership working in place: Nottingham needs to be a place where business believes it can succeed and prosper. We all need to take some shared responsibility for ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to share in growth. David also believes that although we face some serious challenges in Nottingham, not least in addressing underachievement in some of our schools, there is much to be proud of. We have a strong cultural offering, a vibrant music scene and a developing Creative Quarter.
David passionately believes in the value and importance of culture and the arts and has worked with both Nottingham Playhouse and Nottingham Contemporary (which he had the privilege of chairing). He previously enjoyed helping Central College Nottingham to judge the photography category in 2015’s Young Creative Awards, a welcome change from reading legal agreements, and is now a Trustee of the Young Creative Awards.
David also sits on the boards of Nottingham’s Bromley House library and a number of private companies.